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Fairpark board cancels County Fair poultry show Staff Report


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Solvang City Council hires new city manager Staff Report


fter numerous closed sessions and multiple candidate interviews over a period of months, the Solvang City Council voted Feb. 25 to hire David Gassaway, the community development director for the city of Indian Wells, as Solvang’s new city manager. Gassaway will begin his five-year contract in Solvang on April 8. As community development director, Gassaway oversees the planning, building, code enforcement, housing and economic development activities of Indian Wells, according to the city’s staff report. Previously, he was the assistant to the city manager in Indian Wells from May 2014 to June 2016. Before that, he worked for five years with the city of Rancho Cordova in various administrative capacities and various operating departments until he was promoted to assistant to the city manager. Gassaway is a graduate of San Diego State University and holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University

of San Francisco. In addition to his degrees, he also holds a professional certificate in advanced public engagement from Pepperdine University. He is a member of the International City/ County Management Association (ICMS), the California City Management Foundation (CCMF), the Municipal Management Association of Southern California (MMASC) and the Alliance for Innovation. Gassaway will receive a base salary of $175,000, reimbursement of moving expenses up to $5,000, and other benefits consistent with other management-level positions within the city. The city will provide a five-year, interest-only home loan of $150,000 at 4 percent if Gassaway buys a residence within the city limits.  The City Council had been searching for its next city manager since last summer, when former city manager Brad Vidro announced his intent to retire at the end of 2018. Retired Santa Maria city manager Rick Haydon has been serving as the city’s interim city manager since Vidro’s departure.


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o poultry will be shown at the Santa Barbara County Fair this year because of an outbreak of Virulent Newcastle Disease, a disease in birds that can be contracted by people. The decision was made Feb. 19 by the Santa Maria Fairpark Board as a precaution after a recommendation by the California State Veterinarian. It includes the turkey and chicken meat pen competitions as well as all breeding poultry competitions. The Santa Barbara County Fair is just one of many county fairs and poultry organizations that have canceled Southern California poultry shows. Santa Maria Fairpark CEO Richard Persons said the board decided to accept the recommendation now, before local youth bought poultry to show at the Santa Barbara County Fair in July. “The youth livestock program has always been at the heart of the Santa Barbara County Fair,” Persons said, “but in light

of the outbreak and the recommendation of the State Veterinarian, we felt it prudent to do our part to protect poultry production on the Central Coast.” Virulent Newcastle Disease is a highly contagious respiratory disease of poultry that spreads quickly. It is nearly always fatal to birds and can cause flu-like symptoms in humans. The current outbreak began in May 2018, and the disease has been identified in backyard flocks and commercial poultry operations in Southern California. More than 60,000 birds have been euthanized as a result. People who identify sick or dead poultry or wild birds should call the State Veterinarian’s sick-bird hotline at 866922-2472. Other livestock events are expected to proceed as usual during the Santa Barbara County Fair, which runs July 10-14 at the Santa Maria Fairpark. For more information, visit or Facebook.

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